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The mastery of Vasyl Lomachenko

Vasyl Lomachenko underlines his supremacy against Luke Campbell in London. John Dennen reports from the O2 Arena
Vasyl Lomachenko
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Greenwich • August 31

BOXERS trade in pain. They balance how much they can inflict on an opponent against how much of it they must endure themselves. Even a fighter as brilliant as Vasyl Lomachenko is not exempt from that transaction.

Luke Campbell caught him. Neither hard enough nor often enough to win, not by a long stretch, Lomachenko was far ahead on the cards. But he showed on this night that the great man, a three-weight world champion already, was at least for Campbell not untouchable.

“He has very big power and he gave me a good couple of shots,” Lomachenko said of his challenger. “He’s very smart, he’s technical, he has reach. That was his main weapon.”